Malaga and Deportivo are two of the four Spanish Primera Division teams yet to post a league away win this term and one does not expect either the Anchovies or Super Depor to break their respective ducks during this weekend’s round.
Villarreal will host Malaga at El Madrigal on Sunday and the Yellow Submarine have nothing to fear from the Anchovies. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Villarreal enjoys a 12-1-6 advantage over Malaga and that includes a 2-0 away victory in September’s reverse fixture, a win that the Yellow Submarine had wrapped up before the teams devoured their half-time oranges.
Malaga will travel to Villarreal totally out of form. Malaga has not won any of its 10 matches across all competitions since scoring a 90th-minute goal to defeat Deportivo – yes, that poor road performer – 4-3 in November. In that period, Malaga has lost at home and away to second-tier struggler Cordoba in the Spanish Copa del Rey and copped Spanish Primera Division hidings at Sevilla and Celta. You have to go all the way back to March for Malaga’s last road win in any tournament, a 1-0 Spanish Primera Division victory at Betis that the Anchovies snatched in the 82nd minute.
Villarreal’s home results have gone off the boil since the turn of the year but there are so many positive numbers for the Yellow Submarine that one has to headline them at odds of -133 with SkyBet and William Hill to beat Malaga. Each of the last four Spanish Primera Division meetings between Villarreal and Malaga have resulted in Yellow Submarine wins, the most recent three with clean sheets to boot.
Marathonbet is quoting odds of -147 about Athletic posting a Spanish Primera Division home victory over Deportivo on Saturday and that is another attractive proposition.
Athletic is seeking a Spanish Primera Division double after it won the reverse fixture 1-0 five months ago courtesy of Raul Garcia’s 41st-minute goal. Athletic’s Spanish Primera Division away form has been poor, winning just two of its 10 road games and scoring only seven goals on its travels, so Deportivo losing to the Lions in La Coruna was a terrible result for Super Depor. Athletic is 7-3-1 in its 11 Spanish Primera Division home matches and, according to one’s league collateral form analysis, the Lions hold a 9-3-6 lead over a Deportivo side that is 0-5-6 on its top-flight travels.
Last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division match resulted in a 4-1 home triumph for Athletic in which veteran Lions striker Aritz Aduriz netted a hat-trick. Athletic is unbeaten in its last four games against Deportivo, registering two wins and two draws.
Finally, Las Palmas and Sevilla will lock horns on Sunday and one thinks that the general odds of +260 available about the Spanish Primera Division match ending all square are too good to pass up, with BetVictor, Marathonbet and SkyBet among the companies that are out to lay the draw.
Las Palmas is 6-5-0 at home in the Spanish Primera Division but the Yellows are miles behind Sevilla on the ladder and, if anything, the 15-point gap should be even greater. That is because, according to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Las Palmas trails Sevilla 3-3-13. One cannot bring oneself to back Sevilla at its market odds because the Red and Whites have earned most of their Spanish Primera Division road points versus ordinary teams so one is going to seek refuge in the draw, which is the outsider.
Villarreal to beat Malaga
Sunday 12th February, 11:00 GMT
Athletic Bilbao to beat Deportivo
Saturday 11th February, 17:30 GMT
Las Palmas and Sevilla to Draw
Sunday 12th February, 17:30 GMT